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>> you notice we are not seeing her walk in those things. >> no. >> i don't know whether they're functional or what. wow. >> and not even particularly attractive, either. >> any way you look at it. that's going to do it for us. "nbc nightly news" is coming up next. >> we hope we'll see you for news4 at 11:00. have a good evening. on on the broadcast tonight, the plot thickens, spreading through the rupert murdoch media scandal. what's next in this story. and in the u.s., sweltering heat across much of the nation. tonight, how bad it will get and for how long? a huge percentage of this country. looking for a connection between military who served
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in vietnam and increased risk in dementia. america's team back home tonight. they remain our top women. it just wasn't their day. nightly news begins now. good evening. it's one of the true media empires in the world. it's threatened and under attack. it's the empire of rupert murdoch, newspaper man who shut down one of his many papers but remains in the business along with some of the great name plates in the film business and in television. the scandal that started with newspaper reporters eavesdropping on the cell phones of innocent people continues to claim new victims and may soon be felt here in the u.s. than many first thought. it's still galluping its way through great britain, where it is the story. we get to hear from rupert murdoch. tonight there's been another development in this. we begin with stephanie gosk in london. stephanie, good evening. >> good evening, brian. every day since this scandal broke, there seems to be a new bombshell.
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revelations, resignations, arrests. the last 24 hours is no exception. it's left people in this country wondering and worried what will happen next. london metropolitan police, the fabled scotland yard, is reeling after two sudden resignations of its most senior leadership. sir paul stephenson, the police chief, and his deputy, john yates, career policemen who are the latest casualties in the phone hacking scandal. scotland yard has been accused of mishandling the investigation into "news of the world," maintaining at times close relationships with the very people they were supposed to be investigating. police officers accepting bribes from reporters has allegedly been commonplace. stephenson and yates deny both any wrong doing on their part. >> i have acted with complete integrity and my conscience is clear. >> now the department tasked with counterterrorism and the 2012 olympics must find new
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leadership. what started as a scandal involving a single newspaper has now grown so large, it is rocking this country's institutions and the murdoch empire. so far, there has been four high-profile resignations, ten arrests. most recently, rebecca brooks, one of rupert murdoch's most trusted executives. she resigned and was arrested two days later. brooks, who denies any wrongdoing, has been a media power broker in this country for a decade. >> huge charm, very political. she was very good at getting alongside people. >> including david cameron. details of his visits with media heads were released by his office over the weekend. since elected, he has met with brooks and other murdoch editors dozens of times. he has faced withering criticism for ties to another former editor of "news of the world" andy colson, who once served as his communications chief.
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colson was also arrested last week. cameron is increasingly on the defensive, facing an energized opposition. >> terrible error of judgment in hiring andy colson. i really say the prime minister has to get a grip. he has to come clean and he also has to own up to the mistakes he made. >> in a bizarre twist tonight, news that a former "news of the world" reporter and whistleblower has been found dead in his home in england. seen here on the bbc, he was the first journalist to go on the record, pointing the finger directly at andy colson, accusing him of actively encouraging phone hacking. police say the death is not suspicious, but they are still investigating. tomorrow, all eyes will be on parliament when rupert murdoch, his son, james, and rebecca brooks take questions from british politicians. deputy prime minutister made it clear he wants the answer to who knew what and how far up the chain of command did it go,
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brian. >> stephanie gosk starting us off from our london bureau this evening. thank you. >> it is an american company and, thus, the scandal unfolding overseas could have a huge domino effect here. news krnt michael isikoff is with us from our washington bureau with more on that. good evening, michael. >> good evening, brian. more news tonight that the scandal is growing legal and financial troubles for one of the biggest and most powerful media companies in the world. rupert murdoch's news corp has brought moviegoers avatar and titanic. tv viewers, nfl football, the simpsons and "american idol." and everything from the fox news network to the national geographic channel. but now murdoch's $39 billion corporate empire is facing its biggest crisis ever. the escalating scandal in great britain has already spilled over to u.s. shores. in two weeks, the company's stock has dropped 21%, an $8
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billion plunge in market value. late last week, a top murdoch aide for decades and publisher of the most prestigious newspaper, "the wall street journal," resigned. and there's rumors that the damage could sprid. >> up until now, there's been instability around mr. murdoch. people are sensing that the tide has turned against him and it may be time to ask fundamental questions about his operations. >> the justice department, at the request of members of congress, is looking into that probe. >> we are investigating. using the appropriate federal law enforcement agencies in the united states. >> it's not just whether "news of the world" may have hacked the phones of 9/11 victims in the u.s., a claim the fbi is investigating and for which there is no hard evidence. there are also questions about $160 in payments reportedly made from "news of the world" to
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scotland yard police officers. they've just reached tout british authorities to determine if those payments may violate a u.s. law that makes it illegal for american companies to bribe foreign officials. >> i can tell you that there are questions about whether the foreign corp practices act has been violated by rupert murdoch and his news empire. >> another potential threat, a lawsuit filed by shareholders, including labor and municipal pension funds, accuses murdoch and other directors of misusing corporate assets. in court papers, the lawsuit claims that the phone hacking reveals a culture run amok and that murdoch has treated the company like a family candy jar, including paying $65 million for a television production company run by his daughter, elizabeth. they also take aim at $1.25 million that news corp gave to the governor's association last year, alleging that corporate assets as opposed to political action committee funds, voluntarily donate bid employees, were improperly used
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to support murdoch's political agenda. >> you have good reason to be worried if you're a shareholder. this could pose long-term threat to the company. >> we got a statement from news corp this evening. news corp is taking the allegations seriously and fully cooperating with the relevant authorities as appropriate. however, the statement continued, we reject the notion that the issues at news international are somehow indicative of our culture. regarding opportunistic litigation we will defend against it in court as necessary. >> michael isikoff, thank you. the weather has become downright oppressive. humid, hot air has settled over a huge area, making millions of americans miserable. in fact, 62 million people. that's a full 20% of this nation's population dealing with heat advisories. that number will now grow, as it all heads east. nbc's kevin tibbles with us from michigan avenue in chicago tonight. kevin, good evening. >> reporter: brian, tonight, 42 states are dealing with
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90-degree plus temperatures, temperatures that have already been blamed for at least seven deaths and the thermometer keeps going up. today, h-e-a-t is a four-letter word, especially for those working in it. >> it's terrible. i can't believe it. >> reporter: much of the nation has been turned into a convection oven, basting at the beach, cooling off in the water. just remember to keep everyone hydrated, and that includes fido. there are heat advisories and warnings in 18 states, from texas to michigan. this month, heat records have been tied or broken a thousand times. >> i'm meteorologist eric fischer in minneapolis where the heat index, a combination of the temperature and humidity, reached 115 degrees. central and southern parts of the state remain under an excessive heat warning through sunday. >> reporter: vie violent sudden storms are blamed for two
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drownings after a sailboat capsized in the annual chicago to mackinac race. and cheap trick bolted from the stage seconds before it was flattened by a thunderstorm in ottawa, canada. some serious injuries. oklahoma city is on track to set a new record. 90 degrees or more for 47 straight days. the governor's called for a day of prayer for rain. so, who is chillin' while we're grillin'? at chicago's alan brothers steaks, temperatures in the meat locker are a frigid 15 degrees. >> you like it in here in the summer? >> it's way better. it's like being a polar bear. >> reporter: meanwhile, back in the broiler -- what are you doing at the end of the day? >> jump in the pool. >> reporter: this heat dome, as they're calling it, is expected to stay over the midwest the next couple of days. bad news for you in the east, brian. it is slowly, but surely, headed your way. >> kevin tibbles on michigan avenue in chicago, one of the great places, even when it is hot. kevin, thanks. and thanks for caring enough to
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send the very best. we have an update on negotiations to raise the nation's debt ceiling as the clock ticks closer to treasury's deadline. just two weeks away, august 2nd. while we learned that they did meet over the weekend, the white house said no to a tea party backed plan. negotiators are focused on a fallback plan that would allow the president to raise the limit in three stages through next year. a once big brand name is no more. borders book store chain said today it will liquidate after failing to find a buyer. they're closing all 400 retail stores. all of borders nearly 11,000 employees will now lose their jobs. and technology giant cisco systems announced it's eliminating 6,500 jobs, part of an efficiency move. that's 9% of the workforce. that's in cisco's effort to cut $1 billion in annual costs to the company. this was the last day in
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afghanistan for america's best-known general, david petraeus, who transferred command of u.s. and nato-led troops in that country today to his replacement, general john allen. a west point graduate with a princeton phd, easily the most celebrated modern day general officer is leaving to run the cia as the u.s. prepares for a gradual drawdown from afghanistan. when we come back here tonight, new research is on head injuries, dementia and alzheimer's, and the group that researchers are most concerned about tonight. they may have come up short in the end, but u.s. team is still american idols. end, but u.s. team is still "american idol"s. your sho. one day i'm on p of the world... the next i'm saying... i have this thing called psoriatic arthritis. i had some intense pain. it progressively got worse. my rheumatologist told me about enbrel. i'm surprised how quickly my symptoms have been managed.
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we're back, as promised, with news that may help solve a mystery. researchers set out to see what happened later in life to those americans who served in vietnam. what they found, presented today at the annual meeting of the alzheimer's association, is that head injuries during that war may be linked to dementia years later. and the findings could mean a frightening scenario, of course, for veterans of our current dual wars. thousands of them have come home suffering brain injuries. our report tonight from our chief science correspondent, robert bazell. >> reporter: richard wanamaker, 62 years old, is suffering twice because ofis military service. an initial traumatic brain injury or tbi and now, decades later, increasing memory loss.
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today's study looked at the medical records of almost 300,000 veterans, 55 and older, over seven years, and included wanamaker's situation is hardly unique. >> among veterans who had been exposed to tbi, they had about a two-fold risk of developing dementia during our follow-up study. >> wanamaker was awaiting deployment when a vietcong threw a bomb. >> i walked into it, along with six other sailors. this is the purple heart. >> reporter: he always had some memory problems after his injury. >> i would always find a shortcut, write things down. >> reporter: he won an appointment as deputy undersecretary in the department of veterans affairs, but had to give it up. >> has it become more difficult? >> nine times out of ten i can't remember my password. it may happen a couple of times during the day. i get lost out mowing the lawn. i have a riding lawn mower. >> cynthia has noticed changes in her husband.
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>> driving a very familiar route and he'll say to me, how do i get home from here? and it's sad to see. >> reporter: dr. sam gandy, an alzheimer's expert at mt. sinai school of medicine, shows how a brain injury, this white area, can lead to a huge loss of neurons and often, over the years, to dementia. brain injured troops in afghanistan and iraq, and know they could suffer the same way he is. when you see those young men suffering the same way you do -- >> i feel bad for those guys. >> reporter: troops who face yet another risk in the years ahead. robert bazell, nbc news, buffalo. up next here tonight, the reason 12 million children took a moment today to sing the same song. [ male announcer ] there's more than one of these abandoned racetracks in america today.
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a big and hearty well done goes out to southern california tonight where the nightmare is over, really before it started. all those warnings about carmageddon, including on this broadcast, paid off. people did stay away from the 405 freeway, which opened 16 hours ahead of schedule yesterday after the big improvement project shut it down for a day and a half. during the work period, a bridge was demolished, lanes were widened and it all went off without, a hitch except for a few tickets issued to people who couldn't help themselves, along that long ribbon of highway. john glenn, first american to orbit the earth, world war ii and korea veteran, proud marine, long-time former senator of ohio turns 99 today. to mark his birthday, what's left of the late, great magazine of that era, released photos today never before seen. how about the young astronaut lounging in his hotel room or
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finally here tonight, what we watched this past weekend. that answer is pretty simple. we went to see harry potter, in great numbers. the opening weekend of the last film in the series, or so we're told, earned a record-shattering $169.2 million in domestic ticket sales, $312 million overseas. it's just getting started. we also watched women's world cup soccer this weekend. people gathered all over the country and all over the world, for that matter, to watch the final match. talk about evidence of how much the world has changed in 60 years, for starters just think of it, the u.s. played japan in germany. in the end, the great u.s. women were out-gunned and japan had a rare moment of pure joy after a perfectly awful 2011 so far. our report tonight from nbc's anne thompson in germany.
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>> reporter: if these soccer players didn't know it before, arriving back in the states today, they know it now. they are america's team. after 90 minutes of regulation and 30 minutes of extra time, the women's world cup came down to five penalty kicks for each side. after four, japan claimed the championship. a stunned american team watched the gutsy japanese squad celebrate. and then thank their fans and the world for their support through this year's horrors, the earthquake, the tsunami and the nuclear meltdown. for the weary nation half a world away, there was, at last, a reason to smile. their victory in the middle of the night japan time making for cheerful morning reading. but if it's possible to win by losing, then the americans are
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victors, too. for their remarkable graciousness in a surprising defeat. >> we have a lot to be proud of and we're going back to a country that's extremely proud of us and, you know, that means a lot. >> reporter: americans around the world watched the u.s. team sunday miss chance, after chance, after chance. frustrating, yes. but on nightly's facebook page and other media sites, fans praised both teams. congrats to our country and the country of japan. an amazing game wrote one viewer. talking about japan, another posted, they could use some good cheer. and, ladies, you did the u.s.a. proud. >> this is a great dramatic sports story at a time when sports in america isn't doing that great in some areas. >> reporter: two nations with different outcomes, both celebrating their athletes who played for the love of the game and country. anne thompson, nbc news, frankfurt.
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>> by the way, we're excited to say the u.s. women's soccer team will be here, out back on our plaza, tomorrow morning on "today." as for us, that's our broadcast for this monday night as we start off a new week. thank you for being with us. i'm brian williams. hope to see you back here tomorrow evening. good night. -- captions by vitac -- -- captions by vitac --


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